Property Damage & Disaster Restoration Blog: Long Island & New York City
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Dear Supervisor Mark Lesko,
I have just finished reading the Cablevision Editorial on your "Blight into Light" project for the Town of Brookhaven. Let me commend you on a great idea and the amazing job you have done in only a short time in office. I hope other town leaders follow you down the path of sustainability sooner rather than later.
My only concern with your plan is what are you going to do with the old homes and buildings? How are they going to be removed? The "Blight into Light" project is great for the revitalization of these neighborhoods and the Long Island community but I feel there will be a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects if current demolition practices are used to remove the old structures from these communities.
Traditional bulldozer style demolition hurts the very Long Island Community that you are trying to revitalize. Buildings, like everything, have a life-cycle. When a building is no longer fit for use and has to come down, does this happen just as all of its parts and components wear out? Most old buildings have some systems and building materials with useful lives. The trick is efficiently identifying the materials and getting them out of the building. When redeveloping a Long Island property, it is difficult to see the old buildings as anything but obstacles. Also, it is important to consider whether their contents and/or components may actually be resources that have net value.
Current demolition practices are not sustainable. They are also not in the best interest of Long Island and our environment. They hurt our community by over-burdening our already fragile landfills with valuable building materials that are not at the end of their life cycles just because the homes and buildings they make up are. Those same building materials can benefit a fellow Long Islander who might not be able to afford brand new building materials.
Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse on Long Island is the systematic dismantlement of building materials and building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management. It differs from demolition where a site is cleared of its building materials by the most expedient means and a majority of the demolished materials are hauled to a landfill for disposal. Building Deconstruction is new by name, but not by practice, as the recovery and reuse of building materials in order to build new structures is as old as buildings themselves. Reuse of materials might be considered one of the "original" green building techniques, along with the use of local materials. In the pre-industrial era, building material conservation was driven by the high intensity of the labor effort required to harvest and prepare them. Reuse of materials provided an economic advantage. In the mid-to-late 20th century, the emergence of machine-made and mass-produced materials, chemically complicated materials, and the relatively low cost of oil allowed this basic idea of "waste not, want not" to fall from usage in the creation of the built environment.
We live in a different world now. The cost of oil is out of control and puts a heavy burden on some Long Island families who have to pay the increasing gas prices. And there is no end in sight to our dependence on foreign oil. Dumping fees are continually going to rise. Especially as the number of landfills decrease because of capacity issues and remediation is needed on the sites that are still in use. The reusable building materials from your "Blight into Light" projects could be worth a significant tax write-off when donated to a not-for-profit organization on Long Island like The ReUse People (TRP) and receive a tax-deductible receipt to help offset the overall cost of the "Blight to Light" projects. These services are among the first steps in the green building process and provide a faster payback and better return-on-investment than any other product or service offered by the green building industry on Long Island.
The ReUse People and their Long Island TRP-Certified Building Deconstruction contractor, Advanced Restoration Corporation, aim is to recycle or reclaim for reuse up to 80% of the structure rather than dumping the materials into Long Island landfills for the next generation of Long Islanders to deal with.
I truly believe Sarah Lansdale, the Executive Director of Sustainable Long Island, when she said, "With the attention and focused resources provided by elected officials such as Supervisor Lesko, we can revitalize our communities and ensure that Long Island is prosperous and beautiful for generations to come." Please Supervisor Lesko I implore you, don't leave a blight on the "Blight into Light" projects, choose building deconstruction and building material reuse over current demolition practices and help me turn it into a force for the sustainable development and future of Long Island.
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New York DKI Member Companies Host Seminars On How the New EPA Lead Regulations Will Impact the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City.
In April 2010, new rules on lead contamination developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) went into effect for contractors that disturb painted surfaces in buildings constructed prior to 1978. These Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RPR) regulations require all contractors to:
- Become an EPA certified firm
- Have certified lead renovators on staff
- Check painted surfaces to determine if they contain lead
- Utilize specific types of engineering controls, containments and work practices
- Perform specific cleaning tasks, verification and test their work area
Unfortunately, these new EPA Lead Regulations will have a major impact on the Insurance Industry on Long Island and New York City. Insurance Companies, Insurance Agents, Insurance Brokers, and Insurance Adjusters will all have to adjust to the new regulations that are now required of restoration contractors on property damage claims in structures built before 1979.
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Dates: Thursday June 17th, 2010 @ Westchester Hills Golf Club
Friday June 18th, 2010 @ Brookville Country Club
Time: Registration @ 8:30am
Seminar @ 9am - 1pm
Lunch @ 1pm - 2pm
Continental Breakfast and Snacks Served
Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) is a network of the leading, independent property damage restoration contractors across North America. DKI member companies provide full service to their customers: Emergency response, water damage mitigation, mold remediation, complete reconstruction and much more 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, returning damaged property to pre-loss condition fast and efficiently, delivering complete satisfaction to their consumer, insurance, and corporate customers.
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Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc., a manufacturing and environmental consulting firm that specializes in identification and control of asbestos, lead, IAQ, mold, industrial hygiene, and chemical problems. Mr. Pinto is the author of over 150 published articles and several books including, Fungal Contamination: A Comprehensive Guide for Remediation. He completed doctoral course work in environmental engineering and holds numerous certifications in the environmental and safety areas including Certified Safety Professional and Certified Mold Professional.
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In January, 2010, The ReuSe People of America (TRP) rolled out their new new TRP Kitchen & Bath Deconstruction and Removal Program.
For the same cost as traditional smash-and-discard demolition, Advanced Restoration Corporation, a DKI Member Company, and The ReUse People will remove your kitchen cabinets and appliances, leave the project in a clean dust free condition and provide a tax-deductible receipt for the donated reusable items.
Here is how it works:
- You call Eric Martin at (631) 831-2005 and request a Kitchen Removal Order Form
- The form is immediately e-mailed or faxed to you.
- You complete the form, computing the easy cost formula to calculate total removal costs.
- You send the completed form back to TRP by email or fax.
- TRP calls to arrange a site visit to finalize agreement and schedule work. (Removal can usually be completed in one day.)
- A specially-trained TRP crew shows up on the agreed upon day, completes the work, leaves the kitchen ready for cabinet and appliance installation, and presents you with the donation receipt.
- The donation will generally cover the entire cost of removal! How much better can it get? With its nonprofit status and 16-plus years of deconstruction and kitchen-removal experience, TRP is the only company that can offer this sweet a deal.
If the project involves a very large kitchen with expensive cabinets and appliances, an appraisal may be required (appraisals are mandatory for donations of $5,000 or more). TRP will provide you with a list of independent appraisers.
The TRP-Certified Deconstruction Contractor for Long Island, Advanced Restoration Corporation, building deconstruction crews cover finished floors and openings to other rooms with plastic or other appropriate protective materials to minimize dust. If you want additional work done while our crew is there (for example, removal of wall coverings, windows, finished floors or recessed lighting), TRP will provide you with a separate quotation for the work.
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Strong winds hit the New York area this weekend, causing property damage to some homes and businesses throughout parts of Long Island.
Falling trees and limbs cause hundreds of millions of dollars of damage each year, as well as personal injuries and deaths. Windstorms and ice storms are leading causes of such damage and injuries.
Tree-related damage is usually apparent. Limbs crashing through a roof or onto automobiles or power lines are hard to miss. Sometimes the damage is so severe that entire homes are destroyed. This is especially likely to happen when large trees are torn out of the ground and topple onto a house, crashing through the structure or knocking it off its foundation.
Some trees are also notorious for aggressively sending out roots that can damage the foundation of a house, buckle sidewalks or plug up septic systems, forcing homeowners to spend thousands of dollars for repairs.
The kinds of trees in a yard, their proximity to a house and the care they receive all affect safety and the potential for damage or personal injury.
Some potential problems are easy to spot. These include:
-Cracks in the trunk or major limbs.
-Hollow and decayed trees.
-Trees that look one-sided or lean significantly.
-Branches hanging over the house near the roof.
-Limbs in contact with power lines.
-Mushrooms growing from the bark, indicating a decayed or weakened stem.
-V-shaped forks rather than U-shaped ones. V-shaped are more likely to split.
-Crossing branches that rub or interfere with one other.
Tree care professionals, including arborists, can also examine trees for more subtle signs of trouble and take care of any problems, such as the need to cut down a tree or prune limbs that might be too big, too high, or too dangerous for a homeowner to take down. Arborists can also help save trees and limbs.
Homeowners, though, represent the first line of defense. Regularly examine trees and check for damage or other trouble signs and take corrective action if necessary, either on your own or with the help of an expert.
Good pruning can prevent many problems. Prompt removal of diseased, damaged or dead plant parts helps limit the spread of harmful insects and disease, as well as reduce the possibility of future storm damage. Pruning can also have other benefits. For instance, pruning a dense canopy reduces its mass while permitting better air circulation and sunlight penetration. Pruning also helps provide proper shape and improves the health and vigor of the plant. Do not over prune, a practice called hat racking, as this will significantly weaken a tree.
Experts offer these pruning tips:
Check local tree regulations prior to pruning or tree removal.
Avoid pruning branches flush to the trunk. Doing so removes not only the limb but some of the trunk wood, opening the plant to possible decay or insect damage.
Begin by making a cut partway through the bottom of any limb to be trimmed, a few inches from the trunk. Then cut through the limb just above the first cut. This ensures that when the limb falls, it will not tear off a long strip of bark on the way down.
Finish by cutting off the few inches sticking out from the trunk. Be sure to leave the "branch collar," the swollen area of trunk tissue that forms around the base of a branch. Leaving the branch collar protects the main trunk from damage.
After a Storm
The type of care you give after a storm should depend on a tree's age, the extent and type of damage.
To care for storm damaged trees:
Plan ahead before deciding what to do with fallen trees.
In general, it is best to reset only smaller trees, since large trees will be weakened and may fall again.
Decide what to do with tree stumps.
If you are going to leave them, cut them off flush with the ground.
If you plan to remove them, leave four feet of stump standing.
Removal will be cheaper and easier if stumps can be pulled out instead of dug out.
Cut off broken or torn limbs to avoid unnecessary bark stripping.
When straightened, uprooted trees will require bracing for a long time.
Before you reset a tree, cut, smooth and paint all jagged and irregular root breaks.
Water the tree well and fertilize.
Do not remove guy wires or braces for two years.
After repairing trees, continue to care for them. Check soil moisture regularly.
Prune a damaged tree just enough to balance the loss of roots.
Cut out broken, diseased and malformed branches to give the tree a desirable shape.
If you have property damage to your home or business and need assistance, please contact Advanced Restoration's staff at (800) 693-6263. Advanced Restoration Corporation serves Nassau and Suffolk County, and the New York Metro area.
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